M.A. in History


Our M.A. in History is a one-year, fully-funded program that emphasizes the deep study of history and the development of research, writing, and analytical skills. Our students explore the histories of Canada, the United States, Britain and Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as international, transnational, and global history. Our regular course offerings in History are further enhanced by the Department's professionally-focused Public History program, with innovative courses, open to both History and Public History students, in digital history, museums and archives, and history pedagogy.

M.A. students at Western have access to a wide range of graduate courses and an excellent research library, and can expect a high degree of interpersonal contact with their professors and fellow students. Many of our graduates go on to higher degrees including the Ph.D. in History or professional programs in law, teaching, or public administration. Others go directly onto the job market where they have found work in government, journalism, education, publishing, film and television, business consulting, and more.

Our M.A. program takes twelve months to complete. It involves six one-term courses, and a major research essay or cognate. Please see the Prospective Students section of our website for the application process and admission requirements, and the Graduate History Handbook for detailed regulations and procedures.